Italian beginners: module 1

Course Dates: 29/01/21 - 26/03/21
Time: 16:45 - 18:30
Location: Online

Learn to speak Italian on this communicative course for beginners, with the emphasis on the practical use of Italian and the development of your speaking and listening skills. Based on Nuovo Espresso 1 (Alma Edizioni, Italian version). Once you've completed this course you can continue with 'Italian 1: module 2.'.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

This course aims to introduce you to the basic aspects of the Italian language and to enable you to take part in simple conversations.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Based on Chapters 1-4 of Nuovo Espresso 1 (published by Alma Edizioni - Italian version)

Topics: greetings; introductions; alphabet and spelling; numbers; the time; say how you are; the restaurant; leisure activities; likes and dislikes.

Grammar: the verbs to be, to have and to go; the formal and informal way of addressing someone; the present tense; the negative.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-greet people
-introduce yourself
-exchange personal information (name, nationality, job etc)
-tell the time
-order food at a restaurant
-talk about leisure activities
-express likes and dislikes.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Stage 1 module 1 course - no previous knowledge of Italian required.

For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart, using the link at the top of this page. You can also find the chart at the start of the languages section in our course guide. You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and read course documents in English and be at ease with the use of number for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time, etc).

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course is based on the communicative approach:

- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate

Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Nuovo Espresso 1 (IF) (Alma Edizioni - Italian version). Please try: The Italian Bookshop -

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Italian beginners: module 2. Please enrol on the next module as soon as possible as spaces cannot be guaranteed.


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Review by Mrwe / (Posted on 16/03/2020)
Be prepared to work very hard. The classroom is just a tiny part of what you need to do.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 16/03/2020)
I would highly recommend the course for its overall content, enjoyment and taking the sting out of learning a new language
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 09/03/2020)
If you want a mini-break in beautiful Italy every week then join in, you won't regret it.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 28/11/2019)
Is going to be fun and you are going to learn a lot
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 22/11/2019)
Fantastic intro to Italian language. Lots of support and speaking and listening practice..
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Review by Susan / (Posted on 19/11/2019)
Great place to start if you want to learn some of the basics of the Italian language. Great tutor too.

You will need to complete further courses in order to further your Italian language skills as this is a beginner course.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
Do it
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
If you would like to start learning Italian this course is for you. My tutor was very engaging and made the most boring of topics come alive. I believe nothing substitutes classroom learning so take the course :)
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Review by KB / (Posted on 16/07/2019)
It's easy going, no pressure from the teacher, everyone gets to learn their own way and that's how we get to remember things the best
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/04/2019)
This is a wonderful way to start learning Italian. Our tutor was always engaging and encouraging and we had a lot of fun whilst at the same time learning quickly and thoroughly. She also introduced us to several aspects of Italian life which rounded out our experience. I would heartily recommend this course.
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Review by Jan M / (Posted on 27/03/2019)
This course is perfect if you have no Italian. It helps going twice a week as it reinforces your learning before you have forgotten it. Lovely tutor, very good at engaging everyone.
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Review by DC / (Posted on 11/03/2019)
Do it
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Review by Eithne / (Posted on 07/03/2019)
Good course good tutor shame the modules are not continuous and you have to start new tutor and class for next module
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/03/2019)
Come and join us, you learn and you have fun
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Review by Silvia / (Posted on 14/12/2018)
Excellent teacher who cares about her students. I feel I am making real progress.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/12/2018)
Good quality teaching, good transport links to the locations, not unduly expensive for the quality of the course, very enjoyable and lots of like-minded people doing something out of interest. Can really recommend it.
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Review by Julia / (Posted on 11/12/2018)
Great start to learning Italian with a fun teacher.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/12/2018)
I would recommend it
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Review by yona / (Posted on 09/12/2018)
Go for it!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 09/12/2018)
Book it immediately! You won't regret it.
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Review by Scott E / (Posted on 07/12/2018)
Be prepared to work hard.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
yes, its a bit dry but you will get a good grounding from a teacher with high expectations
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 03/12/2018)
I'd really recommend it .
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 26/11/2018)
I have been so pleased with this course. The lessons are full of variety and interest; I can't remember a course I've enjoyed so much.
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Review by Scotty / (Posted on 03/11/2016)
Tutor Biographies
Laura Troisi

Laura is a qualified, native Italian teacher. She holds a degree in English and Italian Literature from the University of Naples. She took a Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults from Goldsmiths, University of London. She has been teaching Italian at all levels in several prominent organisations including City Lit, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and University of London since 2005. She is also fluent in French and has a good understanding of the Spanish language. She splits her time between teaching in several institutions, online teaching and some translation work from time to time.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: LN902

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Fri, day, 29 Jan - 26 Mar '21

Duration: 9 sessions (over 9 weeks)

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £179.00
Concession: £109.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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